6 Best “Chill” Spots at Manor

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By: Julianne Kostic 

If you were to ask me where my favorite place to “chill” at Manor College is, I honestly couldn’t even tell you! Surprisingly, there are so many different places here that I enjoy hanging out at. If you know Manor College, you know it’s a small school. So, I know what you may be thinking, ‘This is a small school, where can you possibly go to enjoy  yourself?’ Depending on the day, I always manage to find a spot to feel comfortable to do homework, or unwind after a hectic day in class! I’m not the type of person who can sit still very well. So, I’m always on the move to find something to do around school!

The LibraryThe atmosphere in the library is calming and quiet, a place where you can hear yourself think. In today’s culture we often feel obliged to keep ourselves updated with what’s going on in social media.  I think it’s great to keep on top of what is going on in today’s world, but it can be just as great turning that phone off!  When I go to the library I often turn my phone off, that way there are no distractions, which helps me focus on my work. I fi

librarynd this quiet time important because you need time to be with just yourself. No music, no noise, just you and your thoughts-can be very relaxing.

There are plenty of books to read. If one day you feel inspired, try reading something a little different, try to find a new perspective. The staff working in the library are some of the kindest people and are always willing to help (Fyi: Marie has some of the best candy, especially during the holidays).The library is also a great meeting place for friends! I often study for Dr. Khushman’s tests with my friend Lauren R. Yes, Lauren and I spent Halloween (which happened to be a Saturday) in the library studying for one of those tests…

Ali Mootz’s Office

There is one place that stands out above the rest! There is an office that resides across from the chapel on the first floor. I spend the majority of my time before and after classes there.

ALI !

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If you’re ever looking for one of the kindest, sweetest souls at Manor this is where to go! Ali is almost always bombarded with projects and events, yet somehow, she goes out of her way to spend time with her students. She was one of the very first people I met at Manor College and she really made me feel at home. I specifically remember playing basketball in the gym with my brother the summer prior to my freshman fall semester. Coach Rob (Head Women’s Basketball Coach) had told her about me and she immediately came down to the gym to greet me. I think it’s a rare quality to find someone who becomes THAT excited to meet new students. She invited me to stop by her office anytime and encouraged me to join EVERY club the school had to offer. By the way she spoke to me, I knew that we would always get along well. She has always had my back and does the impossible daily! I often say, “I aspire to be Ali, yet I still wouldn’t want to have her job.” She plans and sets up every school event on her own and I rarely hear her complain. She does everything behind the scenes and her work often goes unnoticed, but she doesn’t seem to mind as long as her students shine. It’s going to be a sad goodbye at graduation because I know it’s going to be impossible to find someone like Ali anywhere else!!

The Cafeteria

If you know anything about Manor College, you know the Cafe is usually THE place to be. There are always students and professors fumbling and bustling around the cafeteria. If I ever need to find someone, there’s a high chance I can find them there. It’s where most of our exciting events are held, such as transfer fairs, wing bowls, and our brand new event – The Blue Jay Ball! The Cafeteria is my main source of entertainment. In fact, on a good day you might find one of the women’s basketball players dancing or singing, which is always interesting to watch. (Heck, they make me want to learn how to dance). You can even sit in the student lounge which is a vibrant room in the Cafeteria where you can watch television!

The School Gym

It makes me upset knowing that some students shy away from the gym. I’m here to encourage you to go play in the gym! It doesn’t necessarily have to be basketball. In fact, I know one student in particular who creatively set up the placemats found on the stage to practice his Tae-Kwon do. It was unique to me; his skills almost inspired me to sign up for classes! If you ever see me around school, please challenge me to a game of basketball.

Fun fact: You can sign up for a membership to AFC (Aquatic Fitness Center) for being a Manor College student! I go to the gym with some Manor people, specifically Zoeya J. who is practically my personal fitness trainer.

Alverthorpe Park

I’m not sure how many students know this, but there is a park located across the street from Manor College. If you are stopped at the gate, simply flash your Manor College ID. BAM! You have achieved access to one of the most beautiful parks in the Jenkintown area. I wasn’t expecting this  park to have so many activities going on. They have baseball fields, park benches, running trails, golfing, basketball courts and a playground for children. One time, when I was walking with fellow blogger Jenna, we saw a family of deer and a baby fox! Unfortunately, the fox scampered away before I could capture a picture of it. I remember my first time walking through Alverthorpe and coming upon a beautiful large pond. It was so unexpected and it’s definitely something you have to see for yourself!

The Learning Center

I’ve said it once, but I will say it again. If you are ever having trouble in a specific class, this would be the place to go (down the hall from the Cafeteria). I would like to refer you to Michael Landis in our Learning Center, who will be happy to set you up with a tutor. That way, you can contact the assigned tutor and arrange a time to meet up. Never be afraid to ask for help. I’ve been told by several professors, “The best students ask for help.” Please get the help you need ASAP!

There has never been a set “pin point” location for myself at Manor. I enjoy meeting new people and learning new things. Yes, that means I have to go out of my comfort zone, but staying in the comfort zone is never any fun! I have unexpectantly built so many memories in the past two years that will live with me for the rest of my life. Manor may seem tiny, but if you get involved it will leave a huge impact on your life.

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Masquerade! Paper Faces on Parade!

By: Jenna-Kim L. 

Masquerade! Stop and stare at the sea of smiles around you!

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Hello once again! As you might have noticed, I’ve started out with a musical number (from my favorite musical, The Phantom of the Opera). If you’re wondering why, it’s because I have some exciting news! 12828987_10154006467340701_395291607324519669_o

You’ve probably heard all about it already, but in case you haven’t, Manor College is hosting its first ever BLUE JAY BALL! You now might be wondering what on earth is this “blue jay ball” she’s going on about?

Well, this is Manor College’s first big dance which just so happens to be a masquerade theme (hence the big musical number)! We’re going to have food, dancing, live music, a DJ, and good times to be had with all of your friends. We’re even going to have an ice cream bar which makes it even sweeter! There will also be a Ball King and Queen crowned during the evening- crowns and everything! There will be a red carpet to walk, photos to take, and dancing to do, and it’s all happening on March 18th! That’s just a little over a week away, and the deadline to buy tickets is in on the 11th!! SO BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW, BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE! You definitely don’t want to miss out on this incredible event. It’s a great way to make memories, and maybe make some new friends too! It is a semi-formal dress code, so keep that in mind for picking out your outfit! Keep it classy, kids!

I mentioned before that we have live music along with a DJ, but did I mention I’m part of the band? That’s right! Little o’l me is playing in a band with some pretty top of the line musicians, including a Manor Alumni as well! We’ll be playing during the dinner hour, and it’s an act you won’t want to miss, so definitely be sure to get your tickets NOW!

And of course, much thanks has to go to our very own Campus Activity Board! A TON of thought, work, and effort has gone into this project. Extra thanks go to our CAB President, Zoeya Jouravska, and Vice President/Creative Director, Gavin Young. And extra love to our club adviser, Ali Mootz. Without Ali, we’d be absolutely lost!  We want to see everyone around to enjoy the fun and put to good use all the creativity that flowed into this project. I hope to see you guys buying tickets and I hope to see you all at the Ball!

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Sad news; Spring Break is over.

By: Ruben C. 

For us here at Manor, our Spring Break began Monday, February 29th and ended on Monday, March 7th. We had a week off, which I guess is the usual time off for spring break. The only thing that was different is that a lot of other schools, especially the ones my friends go to, were not on Spring Break. So that stinks. If you are reading this during the week of March 7th or even after that, then you’re reading it while I’m back in school, and while my friends are probably on Spring Break.KeepCalmStayMotivated

Nevertheless, coming back from Spring Break can be tough. Some of us use it as a time to binge watch House of Cards on Netflix, while others go away to places like Miami, and party (responsibly of course). Either way getting back into the groove of school is very important. We’ve finally reached the final stretch of this semester so staying motivated after coming back from Spring Break is essential. Here are some of my tips to help motivate you after Spring Break:

1. Take some time to examine your performance so far this semester. Take a look at your finished tests, quizzes, papers and projects to help you understand how to adjust your study for better performance.

2. Get into the habit of reviewing your calendar. Anytime on a Sunday, review some of your syllabi and your calendar to check for any deadlines coming up or exams and papers that will be due soon.

3. Prioritize your assignments. If you know that a major project is due very soon, plan your time effectively and efficiently. Try separating some of your large assignments into manageable parts and hold yourself accountable to finish them in a timely manner.

4. Find different places to study. What’s great about this part of the semester is that the weather is changing, and hopefully getting warmer. Try finding somewhere outside to study that’s free from distractions. Maybe find a peaceful park with tons of shade, where you can study in tranquility.

5. Study with classmates. Notice I didn’t say friends. Friends aren’t the worst people to study with, but sometimes you should get away from those people that you are always with and study with some new faces. Doing this will allow you to get a new perspective on whatever you’re studying. Working with those classmates can get you back on track to refocus on what is important and holds you accountable.

These are just some ways you can stay motivated after Spring Break. There are a lot of different ways out there. You just have to find the right one or two that fit you best. As long as you’re motivated and prepared, success should be right around the corner. 

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